Unfurling sundew

Unfurling sundew

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Developing sundew. Macrophotograph of a developing inflorescence of a cape sundew (Drosera capensis). An inflorescence is a group of flowers. The sundew is an insectivorous plant which has flowering heads covered in sticky tentacles (red). These are modified glandular hairs. The smell of the plant attracts insects, which land on the hairs and become stuck. The plant then wraps around the insects and releases digestive enzymes to obtain nutrients, particularly nitrogen, from their bodies. The sundew does this to allow it to live in areas with low-nutrient soils. It generally inhabits bogs and marshland. Magnification: x3.3 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: botany, cape sundew, carnivore, carnivorous, carnivorous plants, coiled, drosera capensis, flowers, frond, glandular hairs, inflorescence, insectivore, insectivorous, macrophotograph, nature, plant, spiral, unfurling

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